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Instructions for Re-entry

Follow these instructions if you have previously enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Leaves of Absence

Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for the Leave of Absence policy. It is advisable for graduate students who want to interrupt their programs to work closely with their advisors and other appropriate department staff to make arrangements for the interruption.

Please note that:

  • Graduate students who have not been registered for more than one year at the Urbana campus cannot register without an approved application for re-entry.
    • These students are not eligible to register whether the degree program remains the same or is different.
  • Any lapse in registration may result in the loss of the full-tuition-waiver privileges that may have previously accompanied a particular student's assistantship appointments.
  • Whether leaving for one or more terms, a student with educational loans should consult the Financial Aid Office and/or the lender before terminating student status.
  • International students who are F-1 or J-1 Visa Holders leaving campus are required to secure clearance from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Please see the requirements below and contact your program of study office for further information regarding re-entry requirements.

Re-Entering to the same Graduate Program

If you have not been enrolled in the last calendar year*, and want to re-enter in your current program of study:

  1. Apply for Re-entry. Please contact your current program of study to determine if you need to submit a new application or use the Application for Re-Entry Graduate Student Request Form.
  2. Some departments require a new graduate application with all required materials, including an application fee. If submitting a new application, please include your expected graduation date in your personal statement. If your Time to Degree/Expected Graduation Date has expired, you will need to request a Time Extension at the time of re-entry.  Both your program and the Graduate College will review your request for Time Extension.
  3. If using the Application for Re-entry form, you will need to submit this form to your current department office for review and consideration.
    • You will need to indicate a re-entry effective term (Fall/Year, Spring/Year, Summer/Year) and your current expected graduation date. If your Time to Degree/Expected Graduation Date has expired, you will need to request a Time Extension at the time of re-entry.  Both your program and the Graduate College will review your request for Time Extension.
    • Your department office may ask for updated materials from you to consider your re-entry request. These materials may include new or updated letters of recommendation or transcripts if applicable.
    • International students will also need to submit the International Student Verification Form and Declaration & Certification of Finances Form, along with the appropriate funding documentation.

* International students are required apply for re-entry if not registered for one fall or spring semester.

Re-Entering a New Graduate Program after Previous Enrollment

If you were not enrolled the previous semester, and want to re-enter in a new program of study:

  1. Apply for Re-entry. Please contact your new proposed program of study to determine if you need to submit a new application or use the Application for Re-Entry Graduate Student Request Form. Some departments require a new graduate application with all required materials, including an application fee.
  2. If using the Application for Re-entry form, you will need to request both a re-entry and change in curriculum.
    • Indicate your new degree objective and effective term (Fall/Year, Spring/Year, Summer/Year) on the form.
    • It is required that you obtain comments from both your previous and proposed new program of study.
    • Please submit the Graduate Student Request form to your previous program for review. After the review and necessary comments have been obtained, your previous program may then forward your Graduate Student Request form to your new program of study.
    • Your new program office may ask for updated materials from you to consider your re-entry and new program admission request. These materials may include a personal statement, new or updated letters of recommendation, or transcripts if applicable.
    • International students will also need to submit the International Student Verification Form and Declaration & Certification of Finances Form, along with the appropriate funding documentation.

OR if you have been enrolled in the last calendar year, and want to change to a new program of study: please refer to our Curriculum Changes and Transferring Credit site for instructions.

Graduate College Review

Whether the student is applying for re-entry to return to the degree program they were last enrolled in, or applying for re-entry to a new graduate degree program, a departmental review must be conducted. Once the departmental review has been completed, your request for re-entry will be submitted to the Graduate College for final review and decision. The student will receive an email once a decision has been made.

For questions about the Re-Entry process, please contact Graduate Student Academic Services at gradacserv@illinois.edu or by phone at 217-333-2364.

Individuals with Disabilities

These instructions require the use of downloadable PDF forms. For alternative formats of these documents, please contact our office at 217-244-4637 or the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services at 217-333-4602 V/TTY.